Visitors constantly say our scenery and landscape are among the main reasons for visiting Midlothian. You can choose from many different outdoor activities available, such as walking, cycling, mountain biking, sailing, wild-life watching and fishing whilst you are here. Midlothian, located in close proximity to Scotland’s capital city, offers a beautiful rural landscape of countryside, parklands and rolling hills to enjoy.

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Outdoors & Nature

Pentland Hills

The rolling uplands of the Pentland Hills are Edinburgh’s southern backdrop, easily accessible and providing a range of adventure and recreational opportunities. Riding and trekking, mountain biking and walking are the main leisure activities in the Pentlands. The Regional Park – the portion closest to Edinburgh – was designated in 1986 and covers an area of 90 sq. km / 35 sq miles.

Further Information Pentland Hills Regional Park

Distance from stations:  6.6 miles / 11 km from Eskbank, 6.3 miles / 10 km from Edinburgh Waverley.

Suitable for G & FIT

Dalkeith Country Park

There’s so much for you to see and do at Dalkeith Country Park that you could just turn up, follow your nose and you’re sure to have a memorable day. One of the reasons the estate is so loved is because there is a wealth of outdoor adventure just a short drive from the city and nearby towns.

You’ll find not one river here, but two. If you’re lucky you’ll spot the otters larking about in the shallows. There are enough woodland paths to keep you wandering happily for hours. You can also bring your bike and cycle in safety for miles.

When the long summer days come and your thoughts turn towards the barbecue,  why not consider booking one of our official barbeque spots.

Fort Douglas playground will open alongside the brand new Restoration Yard, a place for eating, shopping and relaxation. This major project – which brings a superb new store, café and wellness space to the much-loved park – represents a multi-million pound investment in the local economy and will create forty new full time equivalent jobs to service an estimated 300,000 annual visitors and will open on Monday 25 July.

Midlothian Snowsports Center Hillend

The longest artificial ski slope in Europe situated on the north facing slope of the Pentland Hills, overlooking the city of Edinburgh. This long-established and well-resourced facility offers chairlift access to the Pentland Hills, as well as skiing, snowboarding, tubing. Fully qualified instructors are available to look after your clients.

Further information Midlothian Snowsports Centre

Distance from stations:  6.6 miles / 11 km from Eskbank, 6.3 miles / 10 km from Edinburgh Waverley.

Suitable for G & FIT

We also have our beautiful Vogrie Country park and Roslin Glen park that are both unique and will fill your day out in nature with adventures and lots of fresh air and beautiful views of wildlife.